FAQs

What is Homelinks?

Homelinks is an Online Learning program of choice. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 can enroll. With their parents and a BC Certified Teacher, these students construct an individualized Student Learning Plan. The Student Learning Plan is a living documents that helps guide the student’s learning and is tied to the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum. Students do the majority of their work at home but enjoy the support of qualified teachers to help them plan their journey through their school year. 

 

What is Online Learning? (formerly known as Distributed Learning)

Online Learning (OL) is a classroom alternative that provides students with a flexible option to learn from home while meeting the provincial education standards.  In this style of learning, students can connect with their teacher from home and work towards meeting the goals of their education program as outlined in their Student Learning Plan.

OL is led by a BC Certified Teacher.  In OL teachers use a variety of tools to connect with their students. This includes in-person activities, online voice and video calls, email, instant messages, phone calls and others. Every OL school provides a teacher who works with each student to:

  • Plan and deliver a course of study
  • Get course textbooks and resources
  • Assess student progress and complete a report card

 

What is the difference between Online Learning and Homeshooling?

British Columbia provides flexible learning options for students so that they have optimal opportunities for success.  In BC students can enrol in In-Person Learning, Online Learning or Homeschooling. 

  • In-Person Learning in a classroom setting provides students with face-to-face teacher-led learning, peer engagement and supports social and emotional development.
  • Online Learning (OL) is a classroom alternative that provides students with a flexible option to learn from home while meeting the provincial education standards. OL is led by a BC Certified Teacher or Letter of Permission holders.
  • Homeschooling is a classroom alternative offered outside of the BC education system.  Typically, a home educator (e.g. a parent or guardian) delivers the entire educational program to children at home.  Homeschoolers are not eligible to receive a BC Certificate of Graduation.
Source  In-Person Learning Online Learning Homeschooling
Must follow the BC curriculum Yes Yes No
Learning must be supervised by a BC certified teacher Yes Yes No
Learner progress must be evaluated, and report cards prepared by a BC certified teacher Yes Yes No
Learner must participate in Provincial Graduation Assessments and Foundation Skills Assessment Yes Yes No (assessments are optional)
Religious beliefs may be taught

No (public schools)

(Yes at independent schools)

No (public schools)

(Yes at independent schools)

Yes
Status in school Enrolled student Enrolled student

Registered homeschooler

Note: If eligible, student can keep registered

homeschooler status while enrolled in

Grades 10 to 12 online learning courses.

 

 

Who can enroll in Homelinks? 

Depending on the campus students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 can enroll.

  • Kaslo campus: Grades K to 9

  • Nelson campus: Grades K to 9
  • Creston campus: Grades K to 12

 

Can I cross enroll from another school?

  • K to 7: Students in Grades K to 7 must enrol fulltime in a single school (ie. cannot cross-enrol).
  • 8 to 9: Students in Grades 8 and 9 within a district can cross enroll on a case-by-case basis.
  • 10 to 12: Students in Grades 10 to 12 can be enrolled in more than one school at the same time. Note: students may not be enrolled in the same course at the same time in two different schools.

 

What if I don’t live in one of the Homelinks communities that are offering the program?

Homelinks is an Online Learning program and is open to all BC residents.

 

Are there any costs or tuition/student fees associated with enrolling in Homelinks?

No.

 

What is the Student Learning Fund?

The Student Learning Fund is available to support student learning. Each student has funding available to them to purchase supplies that meet the goals of the Student Learning Plan (SLP). For more information visit the Student Learning Fund page (link).

 

What is a Student Learning Plan?

Each student will create a student learning plan (SLP) with the help of their Homelinks teacher for the upcoming school year. This personalized, collaboratively planned SLP, connects to the BC’s Educational plan. It also outlines all the materials and activities that will support learning, and is considered a ‘working’ documents, that can change as the year progresses.

 

How are parents involved?

Parents work with the teacher to create the Student Learning Plan and deliver components of the program in the home environment.

 

How do I register?

To register download and complete the Registration Form and the Student Transfer Request Form found on our registration page

Then make an appointment by contacting Homelinks Clerical